Initial Use of Student Learning Objectives in Ohio
Project Team: 
Jill Lindsey, PhD
Wright State University
M. Suzanne Franco, EdD
Wright State University
Marsha Lewis, PhD
Ohio University
Margaret Hutzel, MA
Ohio University
Ani Ruhil, PhD
Ohio University
Key Words: 
student learning objectives
student growth measures
teacher evaluation
measuring academic growth
improving student performance

Ohio, along with several other states, has included the use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as one approach to measuring student growth to determine teacher effectiveness. Presently, little is known about how schools and districts are developing and using SLOs for teacher evaluation purposes, and if and how SLO-generated data are being used for designing appropriate student-centered performance improvement plans. This study examines the work of 30 Ohio early adopter districts developing and using SLOs, so as to assess the fidelity of SLO use, the utility of SLOs for improving student performance and measuring academic growth, and the use of SLOs in evaluating teachers. The mixed-methods research design includes data drawn from interviews, focus groups, document analysis, a teacher survey, and teacher ratings data reported in Ohio’s electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES).